MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The detained individuals have been stripped of their military titles, the ministry said as cited by the state-run Anadolu agency on Saturday.
A group of soldiers, including high-ranked ones, taken into custody by police units pic.twitter.com/dZFhQtv9RC— Mehmet Solmaz (@MhmtSlmz) July 16, 2016
The detained reportedly include five generals and 29 colonels.
Anadolu Agency: 754 soldiers arrested during investigations into attempted Gulenist coup in Turkey. #failedcoup— TRT World (@trtworld) July 16, 2016
According to the Ankara prosecutor’s office, at least 60 people were killed amid the military coup attempt in Turkey, 42 of them died in Ankara. The victims include civilians and military servicemen.
The coup attempt was led by Col. Muharrem Kose, a former Turkish military officer who was dishonorably discharged in March 2016 for his alleged association with anti-government and US-based Imam Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen's movement known as Hizmet, once claimed as many as 2,000 officers within the Turkish military prior to crackdowns by President Erdogan. Supporters of Gulen have long attempted to use the judiciary to advance corruption investigations against Erdogan sparking a bitter divide between the two groups. Turkish authorities accuse Gulen of attempting to form an opposing "state within a state" known by many in Turkey as the "Parallel Structure."